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Laura Gibbs
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Attended University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Ph.D.)
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Quizzes. Oh yeah. That is definitely the SECRET SAUCE for online learning.
And "having professors look at the data" - yeah, right.
But here's the thing:
Yale professors do NOT spend their time "looking at the data." They are teachers, and they work together with their students. You know: teaching AND learning. Together.
And Yale students do NOT just spend their time taking quizzes. At least, I hope not.
Wake me when it's over.
I have written two posts recently about Coursera’s appointment of the former president of Yale as the company’s new CEO, with the implicit argument that this move represents a watershed moment for commercial MOOCs. In particular, Coursera seems likely to … Continue reading →
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Here is today's #LatinLOLCat - with a great one-word Latin construction!
Sperandum.
You must have hope.
Literally, "it is to-be-hoped."
Details at the blog:
http://goproverbs.blogspot.com/2013/04/latin-lolcat-hope.html
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Not sure what I think about the new Twitter layout, but it did let me add my sleeping fox banner at least. I like that one. :-)
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Very information update on the third-grade retention policies in Oklahoma. Scary stuff. 
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Ohhhhh, I am so sad the semester is (almost) over, but I am so glad for how well it has gone. Just received this comment from a student turning in last Storybook revisions. So so so soooooooo happy to hear something like this.
quote I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my Storybook this semester. I must say that it was such a blast to create, and this class has been the greatest experience of my undergraduate career. Being able to connect to home and my ancestors has been absolutely amazing, and I wish my great-grandmother could see it. I'm so thankful that I was finally able to enroll in this course, the amount of knowledge I have acquired in this class is immeasurable!
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+Pamela D Lloyd The student is Alaskan, and she had to work really hard with her sources on this project since the tribal traditions there have not been republished in user-friendly form for a general audience; she was working with some pretty raw anthropological field reports and such. I was so impressed by all the work she did, and that makes me even more happy that she found that very rewarding for its own sake! I had several fantastic Native American projects this semester, and it has inspired me to offer a wider range of Native American materials next semester. It was such a great learning for everybody in class this semester with those projects being shared!
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And here is today's #ShakespeareanLOLCat  from Macbeth:
I am reckless what I do to spite the world.
More at the blog:
http://goproverbs.blogspot.com/search/label/LOLCats%3A%20Shakespeare
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Just found a new OU-related blog, and I've made a list below of blogs that I know of at OU. I sure wish this list were longer! Comment with links to other OU-related blogs, please!!!

These are the blogs that have had posts within the past month:

http://thoughts.care-affiliates.com/ Carl Grant
http://oumathclub.wordpress.com/ OU Math Club!
http://ouopened.org/  is the new blog for OUOpenEd
http://ouacademictech.com/  Academic Technology blog 
http://syriacomment.com/ Joshua Landis
http://adamcroom.com/ Adam Croom
http://fjjmablog.org/ Fred Jones Junior Museum of Art
http://www.katherinepandora.net/digital_humanities_gradua/ is a group blog by Katherine Pandora and students in Digital Humanities seminar
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GREAT article - thanks to +Joseph Gliddon for sharing this in another convo. I was esp. struck by this:
quote Over the last three years, the use of the LMS for social learning has dropped to 50 percent among our serious users of the platform, and the more innovative instructors have moved to open social platforms like Google Sites and Facebook.
That definitely applies to me! Go, Google Sites! :-)
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And here is how almost-over it is. The countdown clock from the announcements is now in the single digits! :-)
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+Pamela D Lloyd I am sure that is true! A lot of students truly don't seem to believe me about the set-your-own-schedule approach because it is just so unheard-of in other classes, even in other online classes, which is a shame. It's such a natural online.
And I have been thinking of a points countdown clock too - students are sometimes put off by the math, esp. early in the semester, and can get themselves into trouble by skipping assignments so that they simply cannot make it up later on. The changes I'm making to my classes so that the daily assignments schedule will now be THE SAME for both classes (at last!) will allow me to do that. Am still pondering easiest way to make that work. :-)
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To my way of thinking "outside the box" IS to teach online WITHOUT their commercial learning management system. That's because, at least for me, teaching online is better. Want to know why? See this discussion about equality v. equity:
https://plus.google.com/111474406259561102151/posts/hdFwq963gUx
For me, teaching online is how I can aspire to equity, in a way that is almost impossible in the one-size-(lecture)-fits-all world of the traditional classroom.
quote _ Think outside the box. If administrators and for-profit edtech concerns want to colonize our educational turf, then move the playing field. The easiest way to do that is what I’m pretty sure Historiann’s response is going to be: Don’t use their commercial learning management system and don’t teach online_.
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Ohhhh, that is fascinating, and what a great metaphor: I feel very alone at my school, but the idea that serious folks are deserting the LMS elsewhere makes me feel better!
quote Over the last three years, the use of the LMS for social learning has dropped to 50 percent among our serious users of the platform, and the more innovative instructors have moved to open social platforms like Google Sites and Facebook.
Google Sites it is indeed for me. :-)
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Dedicatedly digital... teaching online for 10+ years. :-)
Introduction
I'm an online instructor at the University of Oklahoma with a long-standing interest in Aesop's fables! You can see my online courses - Mythology-Folklore & Indian Epics - at MythFolklore.net, and I blog every other day at the Bestiaria Latina.

During the summertime, I try to get some writing done. These are my books:
About the fox avatar: I use different fox images for my online avatar (sometimes a cartoon fox like Fox in Socks, or real foxes, like this one) - it's because the fox is the most important character in Aesop's fables... and the trickiest! :-)
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  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Oxford University (M.Phil.)
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